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Finland win gold at Men´s U19 WFC 2015 – 03.05.2015


Finland has won the Men´s U19 World Floorball Championships after a solid performance over Switzerland.  

These teams met already in the group games, where Finland won easily, but after beating Sweden in yesterday´s semi-final, Switzerland was a re-vitalised team. Switzerland was able to create a number of decent goal scoring chances in the beginning of the game, but Finland’s Rasmus Kainulainen and Otto Lehkosuo scored out of nowhere, giving Finland a 2-0 lead after 6 minutes into the game. The fast Finnish turnarounds forced the Swiss to change their attack, which slowed them down a lot and provided more oppurtunities for the Finns. The Swiss came back, after stealing the ball form a careless Finnish forward, scoring their first goal by Andrin Hollenstein, but Ville Lastikka took Finland to a 3-1 lead with a beautiful powerplay goal, which left the well-played Swiss goalie without a chance.

The Swiss began the second period trying to slow down the opposition fast attacks by playing man-on-man against the Finnish first line, however Miska Mäkinen broke through the whole field and lifted the ball into the goal from the backhand taking Finland to a 4-1 lead. The Swiss were able to reduce the score with a powerplay goal but Finland immediately cancelled this out when they scored just seconds later. The Finns gradually took full control of the game, totally outplaying the Swiss defence with their reactive pass and moving play. They increased their lead to 9-2 by the end of the second period.

The third period was a mere formality, with the Finns playing the time off the clock and keeping the ball away from the Swiss, thus continuing scoring goals, with the super-hot forward Lastikka making his fifth point in the final. This was Switzerland´s second time in a row in the final. In 2013 they lost to Sweden in the final and now Finland. Maybe it will be third time lucky for them in 2017.

After a slow start to the tournament the Finnish team were clear victors, dominating their opponents and are deserved world champions for 2015.

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